four lines of calligraphy with smaller, shorter fifth line at L; brown mount with blue brocade

Confucian Exhortation, second half 18th century

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上大人丘一已化三 / 千七十子你小生八 / 九子可作仁可 / 知礼也

The supremely great man Confucius, just a single individual, transformed 3,070 disciples. You, my students, number only eight or nine. Can you negate Humaneness, or depart from Propriety'
(Trans. Stephen Addiss)

Details
Title
Confucian Exhortation
Artist Life
1713 - 1786
Role
Calligrapher
Accession Number
2013.29.987
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four lines of calligraphy with smaller, shorter fifth line at L; brown mount with blue brocade